Industrial distributor selling: The roles of outside and inside sales

James A. Narus*, James C. Anderson

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This paper examines the current practice of industrial distributor selling, focusing on the roles played by the outside and inside sales forces. Based on benchmark survey results, the present composition, responsibilities, and compensation programs of outside and inside sales forces are compared and contrasted. Some predictions are given on likely changes in selling practices, drawing upon interviews with managers, and managerial implications of them, are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-62
Number of pages8
JournalIndustrial Marketing Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing


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